(FERGUSON, Mo.) -- A veteran Miami police officer is set to be sworn in Monday as the first black police chief of Ferguson, Missouri.
Delrish Moss is scheduled to be sworn in at 3 p.m., replacing Tom Jackson, who resigned last year after a Justice Department report cited racial bias in Ferguson's criminal justice system.
The new leadership comes in the wake of protests and riots that overtook the city in the summer of 2014 after Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black teen, was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer. A St. Louis County grand jury and the Department of Justice declined to indict the officer.
As Moss takes on this new role, he said he hopes to diversify the police department.
"The department now has very few females in sworn positions," he recently told The New York Times. "There’s, I think, a total of 54 police officers, and I think three or four African-Americans."
Moss said he also aims to increase the positive interactions between police and youth -- he told the New York Times that Ferguson has seen "an uptick in crimes committed by younger people."
"I want to start a mentoring program," he told the newspaper. "I want to start a Police Athletic League. I have been talking to the Do the Right Thing director here in Miami about Do the Right Thing [a youth program] coming to Ferguson. We’re going to do stuff like staff walks, so the staff gets out there and knocks on doors and talks to business owners and residents."
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